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UDFA Scouting Report: TE Marcus Baugh, how he fits with Raiders

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NCAA Football: Penn State at Ohio State Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Baugh is a tight end out of Ohio State who has a big frame and isn’t afraid to use it despite punishment. He will be battling for the 3rd tight end spot for the Raiders which currently is a wide open competition heading into training camp.

Marcus Baugh, TE, Ohio State

Measurables

Height: 6’4

Weight: 247lbs

Arms: 33.5”

Hands: 10.5”

Combine Results

40-yard dash: 4.81

Vertical Jump: 33”

Broad Jump: 117”

3-cone drill: 7.28

Short shuttle: 4.51

Stats

2017: 14 games, 28 receptions, 304 yards, 10.9 ypc, 5 TDs

2016: 10 games, 24 receptions, 269 yards, 11.2 ypc, 2 TDs

2015: 2 games, 2 receptions, 32 yards, 16 ypc

2014: 1 game, 1 reception, 2 yards, 2 ypc, 1 TD

Awards:

2017 All-Big Ten Honorable Mention

2016 All-Big Ten Honorable Mention

Strengths

Marcus Baugh’s biggest strength is his ability and willingness to use his big frame against defenders. He uses his size to box out defenders well and his long arms to create space when he needs to. He is also willing to get physical while going over the middle and is not afraid to put his body on the line to make a big play, including hurdling defenders when they try to go low.

He often worked on the outside as a safety valve for his QB, handling short passes and overpowering tacklers in short yardage situations. He is more than happy to try to run over players standing between him and the first down markers, though how well he will be able to do that at the NFL level is hard to say.

There were times he was able to work himself free in the open field and should have been able to get longer gains had Ohio St QB J.T. Barrett hit him in stride. He definitely has some open field running capabilities and will have the opportunity to show it with QB better able to get him the ball.

Weaknesses

Baugh’s weakest areas he will need to improve on in a hurry if he wants to make any NFL team, but especially one led by Jon Gruden because they revolve around his poor blocking. He isn’t as motivated of a blocker and lacks the strength needed to sustain blocks, something that will be much harder against NFL competition than in college.

He has too many dropped passes and an awkward, upright running motion. He runs too tall leaving him susceptible to punishing hits, which NFL safeties are taught to try to do to the big guys trying to go over the middle. He is slow off the line which allows defenders to identify his routes too easily, which coupled with his running style means that he will get lit up a lot at the next level.

Fit with Raiders

There is going to be a heated battle for the 3rd tight end spot for the Raiders behind starter Jared Cook and back up Lee Smith, so this could be a great landing spot for Marcus Baugh to have a shot at making an NFL roster. He will be battling against 6-year veteran Derek Carrier and former UDFA’s Pharaoh Brown and Paul Butler.

Baugh comes from a power school that has provided productive tight ends in the past. He really seemed to find his comfort level during his senior year at Ohio St, which included game winning TD receptions against both Penn State and Michigan, but hasn’t fully reached his potential.

Gruden is known for deploying TE heavy packages so the third TE for the Raiders is going to see the field a fair amount.